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  1. I feel bad for you, Katie, and everyone with DH and eczema. I didn't have eczema until recently. My DH was just about cleared up when I suddenly developed large patches of eczema! WTF? I am not familiar with eczema so have been trying various things to treat it. I did see a doctor to find out if it was infected with herpes or staff or whatever... luckily that was negative but it is a stubborn case of eczema (as if DH isn't enough). I think the herpes virus can just stay in your body or bloodstream and then create outbreaks when you're stressed or sick. Did your doctor say anything about this? I understand about losing hope... I was there very recently, but we just can't. I'm trying to be really healthy and eat lots of veggies and fruits, as well as keeping myself and my skin really hydrated. I noticed that sugar and alcohol (even just a little red wine) made it more inflamed the next day. At its worst I was covering it with aloe vera and wrapping it with bandages at night to keep me from scratching. I didn't even let my husband see my arms for a couple of weeks, which made me really depressed and cranky. It is slowly healing now, I'm hoping it heals soon as it's depressing to stay all covered up in the spring sunshine! Let us know how your healing comes along, and what seems to be working for you.
  2. Thank you for responding! It's hard to tell what's appropriate and what's paranoid so hearing what others have done is VERY helpful to me. These online forums have been comforting, just to know that I'm not the only one!
  3. Hello everyone! I really appreciate this forum as a newly diagnosed DHer. This post might be a little long but I want to give you a brief history with my question. I am still suffering from the itchy, burning, blistering rash and would appreciate some input and advice from those more experienced! Before the rash I ate a low-gluten diet (not on purpose, just didn't eat a lot of refined flours and processed food, but still ate whole grains (oats, barley, etc) and things like soy sauce. The rash appeared right around the christmas holiday when I was eating cookies and candies a lot. I have been gluten free for a little over 6 weeks and have worked hard to be 100% but recently found out my chapstick is not gluten-free (vitamin e is the only ingredient I can guess? I called the company and they said the chapstick contains gluten) and once accidentally ate a few corn chips that had soy sauce listed in the ingredients. I went through my laundry detergent, shampoo, soaps, etc and are all gluten-free now. My rash got much better after about 3 weeks on the diet but then flared up horribly about a week and a half ago. I am not on any dapsone and would like to let this run its course as much as possible assuming it will be over soon with the gluten free diet. I know that this flare up might just be part of becoming gluten-free and am okay with that, but want to check in with others about the process of becoming gluten-free... My question is about our kitchen. My husband is not celiac and is careful to clean up all bread crumbs and we have our own butter dishes, etc to avoid contamination and I don't use the toaster. We don't have any plasticware in our kitchen, but I have heard a few in the forums say they had to replace all their pots and pans, dishes, utensils, etc to be truly gluten-free. Can others please relate their experiences with that? Is it truly EVERYTHING in the kitchen? We recently got married and most of our kitchen stuff is pretty new : ( So, is it just wooden cutting boards and utensils or even my cast iron pans? Also, my husband has offered to banish all gluten from the kitchen, have others found this necessary? He eats gluten in the form of toast, the occasional beer, and packaged snack foods. Thank you for reading this and offering any input!
  4. Hello, I'm newly diagnosed with dh and have been gluten-free for the past 6 weeks. i am wondering if you've experimented with iodine in the past few weeks? I haven't completely eliminated iodine and am considering it. The rash got better for a couple of weeks about 3 weeks into the gluten-free diet but in the past week has completely flared up and is driving me insane! I'd like to eliminate all gluten from my system as quickly as possible but don't want to aggravate my skin any more than necessary... Anyway, please give an update if you've increased your iodine intentionally or what your results were if you eliminated it. Thanks, Michelle
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